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GratefulShred



Grateful Shred Bio

Wait.

I know what you’re thinking.

Another fucking Grateful Dead cover band? Really?

The thing is, Los Angeles-based Grateful Shred manage to channel that elusive Dead vibe: wide-open guitar tones, effortless three-part vocal harmonies, choogling beats, and yes, plenty of tripped out, Shredded solos. The look, the sound, the atmosphere. It’s uncanny.

“It’s more of a ‘take’ on the Dead than a tribute band,” says bassist Dan Horne. “We end up sounding almost more like the Dead because we approach it in this free-spirited way; in other 
bands, they’ve got the perfect tones dialed in, they practice the drum parts, they’ve got their ‘Jerry.’ We just play.”

Founded one night in 2016, the band came about almost by accident. Singer/guitarist Austin 
McCutchen had a residency at The Griffin in Atwater Village; his band was out of town, so he drafted some friends to play a set of Dead covers, and the four founding members (Austin, Sam, Clay, and Dan) have been together ever since. Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch (of country-folk revivalists Mapache) handle vocal and guitar duties, rounded out by bassist Dan Horne (of Cass McCombs, Jonathan Wilson, and the estimable Circles Around The Sun, who provided the incidental music for 2015’s “Fare Thee Well” concerts, the last shows played by the living members of the Dead). Add a rotating cast of drummers (like Richard Gowen of The Growlers) and keyboardists (like Lee Pardini of Dawes and Jerry Borgé of Ziggy Marley), and you’ve got the essential formula.

Jams convene at Liberty Hair Farm in Echo Park, the Shred’s HQ/commune/studio. It’s at the Farm where they live, breathe, and record. Just watch the hallucinatory footage of the band tearing through “St. Stephen” (filmed live in their backyard) or “Shakedown Street” (those harmonies!). Grateful Shred is the sound of 5+ guys who aren’t afraid to learn from the masters, but who know to explore beyond the pale, searching for the sound. “Never the play the same thing once,” as Phil Lesh says.

Far from being a historical re-enactment, Grateful Shred’s laissez faire vibe infuses the band with a gentle spirit, warmth, and (dare we say it) authenticity. From their killer merch game (look for a new line with Dead revisionists Online Ceramics) to their eminently watchable YouTube channel, they’re clearly having a rad time and spreading the love. Strangely enough, in a world overflowing with wax museum nostalgia and Deadly sentimentalism, we need the Shred, now more than ever.


The Shred’s Top Picks
Austin McCutchen (guitar/vocals)
Song: “Jack Straw”
Album: Workingman's Dead
Show: Dane County Coliseum 2/3/78

Clay Finch (guitar/vocals)
Song: “Ripple”
Album: Anthem of the Sun
Show: Veneta, Oregon 8/27/72

Dan Horne (bass)
Song: “China Doll”
Album: From the Mars Hotel
Show: Berkeley, California 9/81 (or any show where the bass is loud)

Sam Blasucci (guitar/vocals) 
Song: “Pride of Cucamonga” 
Album: American Beauty
Show: Fillmore East 4/71

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Grateful Shred
Apr 6, 2019 Grateful Shred
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Grateful Shred 6 April 2019, Saturday Main Stage, Skull & Roses Festival Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA Source: Telefunken M60/tk61 (AB @ 2ft) + Neumann skm140 (DIN) > Sound Devices 442 > Zoom F8 (line-in) @ 24/48 Location: @ SBD, 10ft in the air Lineage: SD Card > iMac > Cubase LE AI Elements 8 > xACT > FLAC @ 24/48 Recorded, Tracked, & Transferred by Geoff Bender 24-Bit Recording, Setlist corrections/help appreciated 1. China Cat Sunflower > 2. I Know You...
Topic: Live concert
Source: Telefunken M60/tk61 (AB @ 2ft) + Neumann skm140 (DIN) > Sound Devices 442 > Zoom F8 (line-in) @ 24/48
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Mar 1, 2019 Grateful Shred
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Grateful Shred 2019-03-01 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY Recorded and produced by Eric PH MBHO KA500HN/603A (FOB, ROC) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (mixdown, compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8) Tracks [2:15:25] 01. Jack Straw 02. Mama Tried > 03. Mexicali Blues 04. They Love Each Other 05. Loose Lucy 06. Feel Like a Stranger 07. Shakedown Street 08. Cold...
Topic: Live concert
Source: MBHO KA500HN/603A (FOB, ROC) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6
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Mar 1, 2019 Grateful Shred
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*** THIS IS A 24 BIT RECORDING, NOT INTENDED FOR CD BURNING *** *** The normal 16 bit CD quality version of this show is available for download/CD burning *** *** here:  https://archive.org/edit/gratefulshred2019-03-01.cmc621.sbd.matrix.flac16   *** Grateful Shred 03/01/2019 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY Source 1: Schoeps cmc621 (On Stage, Split 12') -> Sonosax SX-M2 -> Sound Devices 788T -> WAV (@24/96);  Source 2: SBD (Avid Profile) -> Sound Devices 788T -> WAV (@24/96); ...
Topics: Grateful Shred, Austin McCutchen, Sam Blasucci, Clay Finch, Dan Horne, Frank LoCrasto, Richard...
Source: On Stage Audience/SBD Matrix
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Mar 1, 2019 Grateful Shred
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Grateful Shred 03/01/2019 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY Source 1: Schoeps cmc621 (On Stage, Split 12') -> Sonosax SX-M2 -> Sound Devices 788T -> WAV (@24/96);  Source 2: SBD (Avid Profile) -> Sound Devices 788T -> WAV (@24/96);  Transfer: WAVs -> SoundForge Pro 11.0 (Time Align, normalize) -> Vegas Pro 13.0 (mix/render) -> SoundForge Pro 11.0 (EQ, normalize, fades, 96->44.1 iZotope 64-Bit SRC; 24->16 bit iZotope MBIT+ Dither) -> CDWav -> FLAC Recorded, edited...
Topics: Grateful Shred, Austin McCutchen, Sam Blasucci, Clay Finch, Dan Horne, Frank LoCrasto, Richard...
Source: On Stage Audience/SBD Matrix
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Feb 23, 2019 Grateful Shred
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Grateful Shred 02.23.2019 - Saturday Chop Shop Chicago, IL Source: Matrix;     AKG C568EB > MixPre-10T @24/48     SBD > R-09HR @24/48 Lineage: SD> .wav @16/44.1> WaveLab 7.2.1> UAD-2> Crystal Resampler/UV22HR> .wav @16/44.1> xAct> flac16. Taped by sos Mixed and mastered by Alex Ford Set 1 [39:40]: 01. Space-> 02. Feel Like A Stranger 03. Big River 04. Althea 05. Reuben and Cherise 06. One More Saturday Night Set 2 [93:27] 01. Dancing in the Street 02. Man...
Topic: Live concert
Source: Matrix; AKG C568EB > MixPre-10T @24/48 SBD > R-09HR @24/48
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Feb 21, 2019 Grateful Shred
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Grateful Shred 2019-02-21 Buffalo Iron Works, Buffalo, NY Source:  Milab VM-44 Links > Naiant Littlebox > Sony PCM-M10 [24/48] Config: DIN Location: FOB, corner of elevated seating area, ~8 ft high Transfer: MicroSD > PC > Sound Forge Pro 11.0 [Normilize, Dither (16-bit Triangular) & Resample to 44,100 Hz] > CD Wav > Flac16 (701 MB) Recorded & Transfered by: Seth Nochajski & Keith Januszak  Set One: 44:29.70 01 China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider 13:21.17...
Topic: Live concert
Source: Milab VM-44 Links > Naiant Littlebox > Sony PCM-M10 [24/48]
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Dec 30, 2018 Grateful Shred
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Grateful Shred Dec.30,2018 Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles, CA 16bit Source: h6 @24/48 Ch 1 & 3: akg c568eb (vents in),  Location: Balcony, mics split 13.5 feet Recorded and Mastered: Joe Logrippo(wharfratjoe) Transfer: SDHC > Audition CS6 (mastered and flac'd) Tagging : Foobar2000 Live Show Tagger Set 1 01. Space > 02. Feel Like A Stranger 03. Me And My Uncle 04. Loose Lucy 05. Cold Rain and Snow 06. Reuben and Cerise 07. Dancing In The Streets Set 2 01. Tuning  02. Brokedown Palace...
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Dec 27, 2018 Grateful Shred
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Grateful Shred Dec. 27,2018 The Wayfarer Costa Mesa, CA 16bit Source: h6 @24/48 SBD (channels L and R)  AKG c568eb (channels 1 and 3) (AB) BSC1 Sub-Cards (channels 2 and 4) (PAS) Location: RSOB, 9 feet high Recorded and Mastered: Joe Logrippo(wharfratjoe) Transfer: SDHC > Audition CS6 (mastered and flac'd) Tagging : Foobar2000 Live Show Tagger Set 1 1. Bertha > 2. Good Love 3. Crowd 4. Loose Lucy 5. The Love Each Other 6. Crowd 7. Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain Set 2 1. The...
Topic: Grateful Shred
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Jul 21, 2018 Grateful Shred
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Set 1 Bertha, Mama Tried > Mexicali Blues, Althea, Unbroken Chain, Music Never Stopped Set 2 Estimated Prophet >Eyes of the World, Tennessee Jed, Loose Lucy,  Terrapin Station > Mississippi Half Step, Brown Eyed Woman, Tom Thumbs, The Stranger, China > Rider Encore: One More Saturday Night Second night of the 2 night Toronto run.  First night will be coming in the next week or so. NOTES: Matrix Recording, 24/48 Audience and board feed. 2 Recorded using ZOOM H4N in 4 trk mode, 1...
Topics: Grateful Shred, Grateful Dead, Toronto
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Jul 20, 2018 Grateful Shred
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Grateful Shred - July 20, 2018 Velvet Underground - Toronto, ON Set 1: Cumberland Blues  Help On The Way ->  Slipknot! ->  Franklin's Tower  He's Gone  Casey Jones Set 2: Playing in the Band ->  Bird Song ->  Playing in the Band  Operator  Scarlet Begonias ->  Fire on the Mountain  St. Stephen ->  Not Fade Away ->  St. Stephen  New Speedway Boogie ->  Truckin'  Sugar Magnolia ->  Sunshine Daydream Encore: Brokedown Palace Shakedown Street Recorded...
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Topics: Grateful Shred, grateful dead, nognuisagoodgnu, grateful dead, nognuisagoodgnu, loonieguy
Source: SBD>USB
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Jul 20, 2018 Grateful Shred
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Grateful Shred - July 20, 2018 Velvet Underground - Toronto, Ont Set 1 Cumberland Blues Help on the Way-> Slipnot!-> Franklin's Tower He's Gone Casey Jones Set 2 Playing in the Band-> Bird Song-> Playing in the Band Operator Scarlet Begonias-> Fire on the Mountain St. Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> St. Stephen New Speedway Boogie-> Truckin Sugar Magnolia-> Sunshine Daydream Encore Brokedown Palace-> Shakedown Street NOTES: Matrix mix of Night 1 of Grateful Shred in...
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Topics: Grateful Shred, Grateful Dead, nognuisagoodgnu, Toronto
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Jul 14, 2018 Grateful Shred
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Grateful Shred 2018-07-14 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com MBHO KA200N/603A (FOB, ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8) Tracks: [2:05:47] Set 1 01. Cumberland Blues 02. Feel Like a Stranger 03. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo 04. Love in the Afternoon 05. Scarlet...
Topic: Live concert
Source: MBHO KA200N/603A (FOB, ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6
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Jul 13, 2018 Grateful Shred
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Grateful Shred 2018-07-13 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com Photos by Bill Antonucci MBHO KA200N/603A (ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (balance, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8) Tracks: [2:20:12] Set 1 01. Crowd 02. China Cat Sunflower > 03. I Know You Rider 04. El Paso 05. Althea 06. Unbroken Chain > 07....
Topic: Live concert
Source: MBHO KA200N/603A (ROC, PAS) > Naiant PFA >> Sound Devices MixPre-6
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May 25, 2018 Grateful Shred
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Set 1: 01: (crowd/tuning) 02: Cumberland 03: Half Step 04: Love In The Afternoon 05: Unbroken Chain> 06: Music Never Stopped 07: Casey Jones Set 2: 01: (crowd/tuning) 02: Dire Wolf 03: Wheel> 04: High Time 05: Estimated 06: Help> 07: Slip> 08: Franklin 09: U.S. Blues
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Source: busman bsc1(hypers)>dr60dmk2
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Apr 21, 2018 Grateful Shred
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Set 1 Big River, Loose Lucy, El Paso, Mississippi Half-Step, I'm A Hog For You, The Music Never Stopped Set 2 China > Rider, Love In The Afternoon, Shakedown Street, Me And My Uncle, Eyes of the World > Space > Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain, Sugar Magnolia > He's Gone > St. Stephen > Sunshine Daydream (Missing Encore: One More Saturday Night) Last night of a 3-night run of 4/20 shows. 
Topic: Audience, Grateful Shred, Grateful Dead
Source: Zoom H4N